Curriculum Vitae

Kumi Ozaki KURODA.

Office:   Laboratory for Affiliative Social Behavior 

              RIKEN Brain Science Institute

              2-1 Hirosawa, Wako-shi, Saitama, JAPAN


B.S.      1992, Kyoto University (Physics)

M.D.      1997, Osaka University (Medicine)

Ph.D.     2002, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine (Molecular biology)



1997-1998           Intern, Dept. Psychiatry, Osaka University Hospital

1999-2002           Research fellow, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

2002-2004           Postdoctoral fellow, Dept. Neuroscience and psychiatry, McGill University, Canada

2004-2007           Special Postdoctoral Researcher, RIKEN Brain Science Institute

2007-2008           Research scientist, RIKEN Brain Science Institute

2008- 2014          Unit Leader of Kuroda Research Unit for Affiliative Social Behavior, RIKEN Brain Science Institute

2015-present   Team Leader of Laboratory for Affliative Social Behavior, , RIKEN Brain Science Institute


1999-2002           DC-1 Research Fellowship of the Japan Society for Promotion of Science

2002-2005           Long-term Fellowship of the Human Frontier Science Program


1. Ozaki, K., Tanaka, K., Imamura, H., Hihara, T., Kameyama, T., Nonaka, H., Hirano, H., Matsuura, Y. & Takai, Y. Rom1p and Rom2p are GDP/GTP exchange proteins (GEPs) for the Rho1p small GTP binding protein in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. EMBO J 15, 2196-207. (1996).

2. Hirano, H., Tanaka, K., Ozaki, K., Imamura, H., Kohno, H., Hihara, T., Kameyama, T., Hotta, K., Arisawa, M., Watanabe, T., Qadota, H., Ohya, Y. & Takai, Y. ROM7/BEM4 encodes a novel protein that interacts with the Rho1p small GTP-binding protein in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Mol Cell Biol 16, 4396-403. (1996).

3. Kikyo, M., Tanaka, K., Kamei, T., Ozaki, K., Fujiwara, T., Inoue, E., Takita, Y., Ohya, Y. & Takai, Y. An FH domain-containing Bnr1p is a multifunctional protein interacting with a variety of cytoskeletal proteins in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Oncogene 18, 7046-54. (1999).

4. Tachibana, K., Nakanishi, H., Mandai, K., Ozaki, K., Ikeda, W., Yamamoto, Y., Nagafuchi, A., Tsukita, S. & Takai, Y. Two cell adhesion molecules, nectin and cadherin, interact through their cytoplasmic domain-associated proteins. J Cell Biol 150, 1161-76. (2000).

5. Ozaki-Kuroda, K., Yamamoto, Y., Nohara, H., Kinoshita, M., Fujiwara, T., Irie, K. & Takai, Y. Dynamic localization and function of Bni1p at the sites of directed growth in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Mol Cell Biol 21, 827-39. (2001).

6. Ozaki-Kuroda, K., Nakanishi, H., Ohta, H., Tanaka, H., Kurihara, H., Mueller, S., Irie, K., Ikeda, W., Sakai, T., Wimmer, E., Nishimune, Y. & Takai, Y. Nectin couples cell-cell adhesion and the actin scaffold at heterotypic testicular junctions. Curr Biol 12, 1145-50. (2002).

7. Okabe, N., Shimizu, K., Ozaki-Kuroda, K., Nakanishi, H., Morimoto, K., Takeuchi, M., Katsumaru, H., Murakami, F. & Takai, Y. Contacts between the commissural axons and the floor plate cells are mediated by nectins. Dev Biol 273, 244-56 (2004).

8. Kuroda K.O., Meaney M.J., Uetani N., Fortin Y., Ponton A., Kato T. ERK-FosB signaling in dorsal MPOA neurons plays a major role in the initiation of parental behavior in mice. Mol Cell Neurosci, 36:121-131. (2007)

9.  Kuroda K.O., Meaney M.J., Uetani N., Kato T. Neurobehavioral basis of the impaired nurturing in mice lacking the immediate early gene FosB. Brain Res, 1211:57-71. (2008)

10. Kuroda KO, Ornthanalai VG, Kato T, Murphy NP. FosB null mutant mice show enhanced methamphetamine neurotoxicity: potential involvement of FosB in intracellular feedback signaling and astroglial function. Neuropsychopharmacology 35(3):641-55. (2010)

11. Tsuneoka Y., Maruyama T., Yoshida S., Nishimori K., Kato T., Numan M., and Kuroda K.O. Functional, anatomical, and neurochemical differentiation of medial preoptic area subregions in relation to maternal behavior in the mouse. J Comp Neurol, 521, 1633-63. (2013) (e-pub ahead: 2012)

12. Tachikawa K.S., Yoshihara Y., and Kuroda K.O. Behavioral transition from attack to parenting in male mice: a crucial role of the vomeronasal system. J Neurosci, 33, 5120-6. (2013)

13. Esposito G.*, Yoshida S.*, Ohnishi R., Tsuneoka Y., Rostagno M.C., Yokota S., Okabe S., Kamiya K., Hoshino M., Shimizu M., Venuti P., Kikusui T., and Kato T. and Kuroda K.O. Infant calming responses during maternal carrying in humans and mice. Curr Biol, 23, 739-745. *Equal contribution. (2013)

14. Yoshida S., Esposito G., Ohnishi R., Tsuneoka Y., Okabe S., Kikusui T., Kato T., and Kuroda K.O. Transport Response is a filial-specific behavioral response to maternal carrying in C57BL/6 mice. Front Zool, 10:#50 (2013)

15. Tsuneoka Y, Tokita K, Yoshihara C, Amano T, Esposito G, Huang AJ, Yu LM, Odaka Y, Shinozuka K, McHugh TJ, Kuroda KO “Distinct preoptic-BST nuclei dissociate paternal and infanticidal behavior in mice.”, EMBO Journal, 34(21), 2652-70 (2015)




Cameron, N.M., Champagne, F.A., Parent, C., Fish, E.W., Ozaki-Kuroda, K. & Meaney, M.J. The programming of individual differences in defensive responses and reproductive strategies in the rat through variations in maternal care. Neurosci Biobehav Rev 29, 843-65 (2005).

Kuroda K.O., Neurobiological basis of parent-infant relationship. Preface.Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry, 35(5), 1165-6 (2011)

Kuroda KO, Tachikawa K, Yoshida S, Tsuneoka Y, and Numan M. Neuromolecular basis of parental behavior in laboratory mice and rats: with special emphasis on technical issues of using mouse genetics. Prog Neuro-psychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry 35(5), 1205-31 (2011)

Esposito G., Yoshida S., Venuti P., and Kuroda K.O. Three lessons from Philip Teitelbaum and their application to studies of motor development in humans and mice. Behav Brain Res, 231, 366-70 (2012)

Kuroda K.O., and Numan M. The medial preoptic area and the regulation of parental behavior., Neurosci Bulletin, 30(5), 863-5 (2014)



Kuroda, K.O. and Tsuneoka Y., Assessing postpartum maternal care, alloparental behavior, and infanticide in mice: with notes on chemosensory influences. Methods Mol Biol, 1068, 331-47 (2013)


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